Professor Stephen Devereux is a Research Fellow and founding Director of the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. His research focuses on social protection for food security, famine, rural livelihoods and poverty reduction.

Professor Bruno Losch is currently based at UWC and lead political economist at the French Agricultural Research and International Cooperation Organization (CIRAD). His research focuses on rural studies, family agriculture, public policies, and the political economy of development.

Professor Lise Korsten is the co-director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), and the president of the African Academy of Science. Professor Korsten is based at the University of Pretoria, in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Her research focuses on complementary fields of postharvest technology and food safety related to international trade in fresh produce requirements.

Latest publications:

  • “Profiling bacterial communities of irrigation water and leafy green vegetables produced by small-scale farms and sold in informal settlements in South Africa”,
  • “Spatial diarrheal disease risks and antibiogram diversity of diarrheagenic Escherichia coli in selected access points of the Buffalo River, South Africa”, PLOS ONE. DOI:
  • “Microbiological quality assessment of fresh produce: Potential health risk to children and urgent need for improved food safety in school feeding schemes”, Food Science & Nutrition. DOI:

UWC-based Professor Julian May is the director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), director of the Institute for Social Development at UWC, and holds the UNESCO Chair in African Food Systems. His current research focuses on food security, childhood deprivation and malnutrition.

UWC’s Professor Rina Swart is a registered dietician as well as a registered nutritionist with the HPCSA. Her research focuses on the prevention of malnutrition through nutrition programs.

Prof Frans Swanepoel is a Research Fellow in Residence with focus on Future Africa at the Centre for Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria. He is former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, and Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape.

Professor Naushad Emmambux is based at UP’s Department of Consumer and Food Science.

His research applies food chemistry, cereal science and technology, food rheology, microscopy and nanotechnology to tackling malnutrition and diet-related non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Professor Ndiko Ludidi is head of UWC’s Department of Biotechnology. His reasearch focuses on research on the genetic control of plant responses to salinity and drought stress.